Hosted by Pinoy science journalist Mikael Angelo Francisco, the Ask Theory Podcast shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance. Each episode of Ask Theory features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual Taglish conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.
Music: Miles From Home by Glitch
144: [Sustainable Mobility] Biker-Friendly At Commuter-Friendly Ba Ang Pilipinas? (with Keisha Mayuga)
Keisha Mayuga is a sustainable mobility professional with 6 years of experience in the field, tackling different topics such as cycling, building community spaces, and mobility justice. She is the founder of Life Cycles PH, an initiative in the pandemic that helped 1500 essential workers get home on bicycles, and is a member of mobility groups such as AltMobility PH and Move As One Coalition.
We talked about sustainable mobility, why Filipinos are so dependent on cars, creating a more biker-friendly and commuter-friendly Philippines, jeepney modernization, and more.
How to contact Keisha:
Facebook (AltMobility PH): fb.com/AltMobilityPH
Facebook (Move As One Coalition): fb.com/MoveAsOneCoalition
143: [Commercializing Biology] Siyensya At Kapitalismo: Paano Ba Pinagsasama? (with Dr. Leodevico Ilag)
Dr. Leodevico Ilag obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He then pursued his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in the United States of America. Thereafter, he served as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Purdue University in the USA working on the structural biology of viruses and viral proteins. He has over 25 years of early-stage biotech company experience across a broad spectrum of biotechnologies.
We talked about capitalism and science, commercializing biology, ivermectin and COVID-19, the Tenth Man Rule, expressing dissenting opinions regarding science, and more.
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142: [AUDIO ESSAY] Are These Objects Truly Pinoy Inventions?
In terms of innovativeness, ingenuity, and sheer resourcefulness, Filipinos can easily give everyone else in the world a run for their money. But in our rush to proclaim our #PinoyPride to the rest of the world, do we end up claiming credit for things that Filipinos didn't actually invent?
141: [Proteomics] Mga Sikreto Ng Katawan: Sa Proteins Ba Malalaman? (with Dr. Neil Andrew Bascos)
Dr. Neil Andrew Bascos is a Protein Structural Biologist from the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He also serves as Program Director for the Protein, Proteomics and Metabolomic Facility of the Philippine Genome Center. His research involves investigations of the effect of structural forms on the functions of medically relevant proteins.
We talked about omics, the science behind proteins, studying proteins at the molecular level, unexpected paths in science inquiry, butterfly disease, and more.
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140: [AUDIO ESSAY] Can The World's Biggest And Weirdest Flower Be Saved?
The entire Rafflesia genus is an enormous enigma, in more ways than one. Information about it is oddly scarce, which is unfortunate considering its threatened status. But what would really happen if we were to lose this one-of-a-kind flower -- and what are Filipino scientists doing to save it?
FULL TRANSCRIPT: https://www.flipscience.ph/podcast/ask-theory-podcast-140-can-the-worlds-biggest-and-weirdest-flower-be-saved/
139: [FlipScience x Reporting Asean] How Should Pinoys Talk About Typhoons To Save More Lives? (with Dr. Gerry Bagtasa and Dr. BA Racoma)
This episode of Ask Theory was made possible through a collaboration with Reporting Asean as part of its Sustainability Series.
In this special episode, FlipScience EIC and Ask Theory host Mikael Angelo Francisco spoke to Dr. Gerry Bagtasa, a professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and Dr. Bernard Alan "BA" Racoma, an instructor at IESM.
They talked about the behavior of tropical cyclones over the past 25 years, how tropical cyclones have affected the Philippines, the lessons we can apply to living with typhoons in the climate emergency, what needs to change about how we discuss the risks of tropical cyclones (including in the news), and more.
Full transcript and data visualizations here: https://www.reportingasean.net/philippines-is-typhoon-behaviour-shifting-at-a-time-of-climate-change/